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New Spalding car park is an asset to the town

Owners of a refurbished car park are pleased with improvements made over the past year.

Drapers Place car park in Spalding was subject to a planning application in early 2020 which aimed to resolve anti-social behaviour and provide affordable charges.

James de Savary (38), director of Napier Parking, says his company has accomplished what they set out to.

Drapers Place car park. (47382551)
Drapers Place car park. (47382551)

“I think we’ve done everything we said we would,” he said.

“The local feedback has certainly been fantastic, people have been quite amazed when they come round the corner and see what it’s been transformed into.

“We’ve tried to keep it affordable so there is more of a reason to park there.”

Mr de Savary believes that, while setting up the car park during the pandemic has been difficult, the hard work will be worth it in the long term.

He said: “We’ve been in lockdown, so it’s not been the best business-wise. At the same time, it’s been good to get things done while it’s quiet.

“We need to get more people using it, it’s quite tucked away and it’ll take time for word of mouth to get around. However, over the last week or two we’ve seen quite a bit of uplift, which is great.

“We do need to drive a few more people in, and it’s not only us that benefits from that. If more people are inclined to park there, the shops and everything in the immediate area are going to benefit.

“So the quicker we can tell people about the car park, then I think it can genuinely be a great success for the whole community.”

Mr de Savary has also assured drivers that work has been done to reduce the anti-social behaviour that has previously plagued Drapers Place..

“There were some old garages among other things, so they’ve largely been either closed or taken down.

“As far as I’m aware, with the lighting and stuff that’s now there, that kind of thing has really died down.

“I haven’t had any reports of it.”

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